Women and girls captured by Boko Haram escape: report

MORE than 60 women and girls abducted last month by suspected Boko Haram militants in north-eastern Nigeria have escaped their captors, according to security sources.

Local vigilante Abbas Gava said he had "received an alert from my colleagues ... that about 63 of the abducted women and girls had made it back home" late on Friday.

A high-level security source in the Borno state capital Maiduguri, who requested anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the matter, confirmed the escape.

Mr Gava, a senior official of the local vigilantes in Borno state who are working closely with security officials, told journalists the women escaped when their captors went out to fight.

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